Summer 2016

Volume 16/Number 2

The dog days of summer are still with us, so find some relief in the latest issue of Higher Things Magazine!  This issue contains a mix of articles related to navigating the changes and trials in this life, to the defense of the faith, to the delight we can take in the liturgy and sacraments—all reminders that Jesus is FOR YOU! Be sure to check out our farewell to Rev. Mark Buetow as well.

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Moving On: A Letter From Father to Son

Rev. George F. Borghardt

Read this from-the-heart letter from Rev. Borghardt to his own
son that reveals the love, hope and prayers that parents invest
into their children and why you can draw strength from that.


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Stop This Ride! Handling the Relentless Changes of Life as a Baptized Child of God

Rev. Mark Buetow

Feel like popping a few Dramamine pills as you ride this roller coaster of change that we call life? Rev. Buetow
emphatically reminds us that Jesus Christ does NOT change so we can rely upon Him because He has redeemed us and strengthens us amidst the craziness through His gifts of water, Word and Supper.


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You Are Not of This World

Rev. Eric Brown

Sometimes things don’t work out the way we planned. Sometimes that’s the best news in the world. Rev. Brown writes convincingly that this is indeed the reality through Christ.


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Unplanned Parenthood and the Abundance of God’s Grace

Karina Pellegrini

Karina’s life turned upside down when she found out she was pregnant. Read how faithfully and tenderly her Father, through Jesus Christ, has cared for her and blessed her. He will be there for you, too!


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Seven Apologists Every Christian Should Know, Pt. 7 – The Logical Lynchpin of Michael Licona

Rev. Mark Pierson

It’s not news that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is central
to our faith, but Rev. Pierson skillfully illustrates why Michael
Licona is another apologist you should get to know when it
comes to apologetics: the defense of our faith.


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Farewell to Rev. Mark Buetow

HT Staff

HT staffers take a little time to show their affection for
Rev. Buetow, who is stepping down from his official
duties with HT as of August 1.


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Let’s Take Jesus at His Word

Rev. William Snyder

“This is my body.” or “This is my blood.” These are Jesus’ words
and they seem pretty straightforward, so that should be the
end of the matter, right? Unfortunately, the doctrine of the
Lord’s Supper has been the subject of great debate since the
Reformation. Rev. Snyder zeroes in on these words of Christ
and explains why we, along with Luther, can just take Jesus
at His word.


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Hymns are for Proclamation

Rev. Gaven M. Mize

Hymns aren’t just lip service–they are instruments for
declaring the blessed truth of the Gospel! Let Rev. Mize
instruct you how to savor each phrase that you encounter.


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The Ultimate Narrative

Alex Stakos

We’ve often heard it said that life is like a story. Alex
creatively connects the idea of a story or narrative with
our lives as followers of Christ.


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The Gift of One Flesh

Rev. William M. Cwirla

Infidelity is just the fruit of breaking this commandment,
explains Rev. Cwirla, as he lays out what is at stake when
we despise the gift of one flesh.


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